PROJECT 38: Inside BAE's Top 100 strategy and COVID-19's impact on operations

Rarely does a blue chip defense hardware company close two deals it views as transformational in the same calendar year.

In this episode of Project 38, BAE Systems Inc. Tom Arseneault explains the thinking for why the company moved quickly to put its best foot forward for a military GPS business and airborne radio unit formerly of Raytheon Technologies.

The British defense company’s U.S. subsidiary has a lot on its agenda right now beyond integrating those acquisitions. Managing through the coronavirus pandemic remains a fluid situation with many moving parts, so Arseneault shares what the subsidiary known as “Inc.” internally has done on the supply chain and workforce front.

While it too early to make firm conclusions, Arseneault sounds fairly certain that BAE will have a different work cadence and environment in a post-pandemic world. Arseneault shares with Senior Staff Writer Ross Wilkers what BAE has done to take in everything it is learning now, plus how the company thinks about several broad uncertainties hanging over the industry.

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